Alhambra Theatorium

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Alhambra Theatorium
Alhambra Theatorium.jpg
A view of the theater under construction
Location 50 Adams Ave., Evansville, Indiana
Coordinates 37°57′44″N 87°33′57″W / 37.96222°N 87.56583°W / 37.96222; -87.56583Coordinates: 37°57′44″N 87°33′57″W / 37.96222°N 87.56583°W / 37.96222; -87.56583
Area less than one acre
Built 1913
Architect Frank J. Schlotter
Architectural style Moorish
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79000047[1]
Added to NRHP October 1, 1979

Alhambra Theatorium (also known as The Alhambra Theater) is a historic movie theater in the Haynies Corner Arts District of Evansville, Indiana. It was designed by Frank J. Schlotter and opened on September 27, 1913 as a movie theater. The Alhambra was one of many influenced by the Alhambra Palace in Spain. Although Alhambra theatres opened all over the world, only a traditional playhouse built in New York in 1905 predates Evansville's in the United States.

The theatre cost $18,000 to build and was one of the largest movie theatres in Evansville at the time. It included a cigar shop and a confectionary, and spurred new business in the area now designated as the Haynies Corner Arts District. The theater ceased operation in 1956.

The Alhambra has been renovated a few times in the past 100 years and is in the process of being restored.[2] It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Sarkissian, Arek (18 March 2011). "Alhambra exterior renovation to begin in late spring". Courier & Press. Retrieved 15 March 2012.